Where Science and Faith Converge
  • The Incarnation in Light of the Image of God

    December 9, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    The Incarnation teaches that the eternal Word, the second person of the Trinity, took unto himself a human nature and became man without in any way diminishing his deity (cf. John 1:1, 14, 18; Philippians 2:5–6; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 4:1–3). Christian orthodoxy therefore views Jesus Christ as a single person who, nevertheless, possesses both a divine and a human nature. Those two natures find their union in the person of Christ (called the hypostatic union). This theological understanding of the Incarnation led the ancient Christians to refer to Jesus as the theanthropos (Greek: the “God-man”).

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  • Science and Faith: An Interview with a Biochemist

    December 2, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Through RTB’s Visiting Scholar Program, we often have the pleasure of hosting and working with experts in various fields of study. Earlier this year, RTB welcomed Dr. Russ Carlson, a biochemist who has contributed to important research on complex carbohydrates and taught at the University of Georgia for 26 years.

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  • 10 Reasons to be Thankful for the “Shy” Member of the Trinity

    November 25, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    One of the most distinct doctrinal tenants of historic Christianity is the Trinity—the belief that one God exists eternally and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons in the Godhead share equally and completely the one divine nature, and are therefore the same God, coequal in power, nature, and glory.

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  • Ethics in "The Hunger Games"

    November 18, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    How do the choices we make in pursuit of an end goal impact the outcome of our endeavors? If our cause is worthy enough, are we excused from ethical considerations in our efforts to achieve it? In other words, do the ends justify the means?

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  • Reflections on War

    November 11, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    To say that war is a difficult and controversial topic is a huge understatement. Nevertheless, it is a reality of our world. Its potential for devastation makes it all the more imperative that we think carefully and deeply about it. And there’s no better time than Veterans Day to ask the difficult questions about war.

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  • Do We Derive Pleasure from Sports Violence?

    November 4, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    I have been an avid sports fan from the age of nine. Prior to that my interest was presidential politics—I was the only fourth grader in my class who could name all of the candidates running for the presidency in 1968. But once a childhood friend introduced me to athletics everything else took second place. Sports became my religion.

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 4 (of 4)

    October 28, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    During the month of October, RTB editor Sandra Dimas and I have discussed the seven deadly sins and their virtuous opposites. This week we conclude the series with pride and envy. In case you missed the previous articles, you can click on the following links to read part 1 (sloth), part 2 (greed and gluttony), and part 3 (anger and lust).

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 3 (of 4)

    October 21, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This week RTB editor Sandra Dimas and I continue our discussion on the seven deadly sins and the contrasting virtues. Read part 1 and part 2 to see which vices and virtues were already discussed.

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 2 (of 4)

    October 14, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    In part 1 of this series, I began a discussion with RTB editor Sandra Dimas about the seven deadly sins. This week we delve deeper into the topic by looking at two more sins and their virtuous counterparts.

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  • The Seven Deadly Sins, Part 1 (of 4)

    October 7, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Fall is upon us, and with that brings pumpkin spice lattes, the turning of leaves, and the ever-tricky topic of Halloween. RTB editor Sandra Dimas joins me to discuss something far scarier than haunted houses and bubbling cauldrons. Join us for this month-long series on the seven deadly sins.

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  • How a Climatologist Integrates Science and Faith

    September 30, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    This summer climatologist Kevin Birdwell returned to RTB headquarters for his third stint as a visiting scholar. RTB editor Maureen Moser sat down for a chat with Kevin about the role science plays in his faith and his experiences as a Christian apologist.

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  • Reading As a Stress Reliever

    September 23, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    For the last 35 years of my life I have made it my goal to try to read at least three hours a day. It’s an ambitious objective, and there have certainly been many days that I haven’t achieved it. But overall I’ve been successful in pursuing this intellectual discipline. I even got in trouble with my wife for bringing books on our honeymoon.

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  • Catching the Spirit of Philosophy

    September 16, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Philosophy is unlike any discipline I ever studied in school. The word philosophy (from Greek: phileo, meaning “love,” and sophia, meaning “wisdom”) means the love of wisdom. My first philosophy teachers in college introduced me to the ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. From these three great founders of Western intellectual thought I caught what I call the spirit of philosophy.

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  • Islam and The Middle East Crisis

    September 2, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Like many people, I have been paying careful attention to the religious and political events transpiring in the Middle East for the past several years. As a student of Islam, I am very interested in this religion’s relationship to radical ideologies that foment violence and terrorism.

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  • Use It or Lose It: Intellectual Exercise Can Save Your Mind

    August 26, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902–2001), one of my intellectual heroes, was a philosopher, educator, writer, and editor of the Encyclopædia Britannica series Great Books of the Western World. It’s no wonder, then, that he was broadly educated and one of the best read persons of the twentieth century. Even up to the time of his death at age 98, it appears that he retained his intellectual prowess—no doubt through the sort of mental exercise he encouraged others to practice.2

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  • Interview with Dr. Travis Campbell

    August 19, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Through RTB’s Visiting Scholar Program, we often have the pleasure of hosting and working with experts in various fields of study. This summer theologian Dr. Travis Campbell spent two months at RTB headquarters penning articles and recording podcasts. Dr. Campbell received his PhD in philosophical theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) in 2004, and currently serves as a history teacher at Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, GA.

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  • Do You Like Being Alone with Your Thoughts?

    August 12, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Are you comfortable being alone with your thoughts? Before you answer, recognize what it means. It means extended periods without access to all the “i-Stuff” (iPhones, iPads, iPods, iTunes, etc.). If you are comfortable being alone with your thoughts and untethered from all the electronic gizmos then you are likely in the minority—especially if you are under thirty years old.

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  • How Can Christians Ease Suffering? Part 3: Hope and Meaning

    August 5, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Jewish psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote extensively about the human need for meaning in life.1 In describing his own experiences in Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi death camp, he said that when an inmate living on the precipice of starvation gave up hope he would commonly fall over dead. Frankl’s thesis is that despair is suffering without meaning.

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  • How Can Christians Ease Suffering? Part 2: The Need for Well Wishes

    July 29, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    My historic Christian faith and worldview teach me that God has good reasons for allowing evil, pain, and suffering in the good world that he created. The principal apologetics argument is that God has greater goods that necessarily accompany malevolence and sorrow. Yet I don’t want to be a mere armchair philosopher when it comes to confronting suffering. I want to understand how to effectively ease people’s suffering and then be an agent of God’s peace and comfort to the afflicted. Often the best apologetics argument in favor of the truth of Christianity is believers who seek to love others unconditionally (agape).

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  • How Can Christians Ease Suffering? Part 1: Reestablishing Security

    July 22, 2014
    By Telerik.Sitefinity.DynamicTypes.Model.Authors.Author

    Why would a good and all-powerful God allow evil and suffering to exist in the world? This tough question has troubled people throughout every era of history, but I believe the historic Christian worldview provides good answers. The central apologetics answer is that God brings about greater moral and spiritual goods through allowing incidents of evil, pain, and suffering. Yet I also think Christians have the power and ability to help ease people’s suffering and thus be the vehicles of God’s love and concern to the hurting. I’ve addressed the academic answers to the problem of evil. But this series is intended as a practical, pastoral response to the challenging problem of evil, pain, and suffering.

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